Woven Papers
New 07-08 SU "In Colors"

Altered Frame With Faux Metal Magnets

Here's my non-card, 3-D item swap for the Stampin' Up Panama Canal cruise. The metal magnetic frames were from the Target Dollar Spot, so if you got any -- and I know many of you in my monthly Stamp Clubs did -- this is a neat way to dress them up. These would be so great as a "favor" for family reunions this Memorial Day and summer!

The papers are from the SU Weathered collection -- I used two varieties. I rounded the corners before running them through the Xyron machine to apply adhesive to the back side. My trick for attaching it straight is to peel down just one end first, work to get that all centered up and then peel and stick as you work your way down. Each frame is tied with either twill tape or SU grosgrain ribbon in Chocolate, with a Taupe accent "bow." The sentiment is from That's Nice in the Spring mini, stamped in Basic Brown ink on Kraft CS. The edges are distressed with the tool from the SU Cutter kit. They're attached with SU Deimensionals.

Faux Metal Technique "How-tos"
The magnets are made using Starstruck set (from SU of course). One is embossed in silver on Chocolate CS and then punched out with the 3/4 inch circle punch. The other is the faux metal technique. I drew a circle on CS with a Versamarker, sprinkled on Silver EP and heated. As each layer cooled, I would add more Versmarker and powder. After three layers, I had my star stamp inked up lightly with Chocolate CRAFT ink (the pigment one) and then with the last layer well heated, I stamped my star into the puddle of warm, melted embossing powder. Hold for about 10 seconds while it cools a little and then pull straight up. Voila! You have a metal look accent. It's easy to punch out your well-cooled circle with the 3/4 inch punch. I adhered the card stock accents to the 1/2 round magnet buttons using SU Crystal Effects, my favorite clear adhesive. A little dab is all it takes.

TIPS: I don't like trying to just get the next layer of Embossing powder to stick to the warm layer -- too much powder usually blows off. It takes a little longer to let it cool and apply more Versamarker, but to me the results are worth it -- not to mention less mess. For larger images you could of course just rub ink right from a Versamark pad onto the card stock. For smaller faux metal items like these, the Versamarker is perfect!

My final swap is a card seen on my blog before that used the Metallic Pencil Rub technique seen in this prior post. It's the one using In Full Bloom and the Wonderful Word stem. Love this technique for a card that's a little extra shimmery!